A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.
"If you love viruses and gore and non-fiction..."
In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.
"This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.
"Pretty interesting listening in a horrific way"
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the Central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race.
"The scariest book ive ever read."
In a postapocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California — before it was devastated in the alien war — Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure.
"Exuberant Steampunk Swashbuckling Adventure!"
The biggest redwood trees are over 1,000 years old, rising more than 35 stories in what's left of the once-vast, ancient redwood forest. Believed to be impossible to ascend, these majestic giants have remained unexplored until recently, when a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists discovered a lost, dangerous, and hauntingly beautiful world high above California.
Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston's best selling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.
"WAIT! Maybe this isn't what you think...."
The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom. Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle.
"Really Enjoying This Fun Series!"
"Excellent and Timely!"
An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton’s greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research.
"Crichton's final novel"
Three men are found dead in the locked second floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly unrecognizable to the human eye.
"This Book Listed Twice, Both versions suck!!"
Richard Prestons populärwissenschaftlicher Tatsachen-Thriller liest sich spannender als jeder Horror-Roman. Preston berichtet darin über die ersten Infektionen mit dem Ebola-Virus vor über vierzig Jahren. Sein Tatsachenthriller von 1998 ist immer noch hochaktuell, wie die schreckliche Ebola-Epidemie in Zentralafrika gerade zeigt. Ebola gehört zu den gefährlichsten Killerviren.
Honolulu, Hawaii. Drei Männer liegen tot auf dem Fußboden eines verschlossenen Büros - keine Anzeichen eines Kampfes, keine Einbruchspuren, keine Tatwaffe. Nur die extrem feinen, rasiermesserscharfen Schnitte, die die Leichen überziehen, liefern einen ebenso grausigen wie rätselhaften Hinweis. Sie und der winzige, mit bloßem Auge kaum zu erkennende, klingenbewehrte Roboter.
Honolulu, Hawaii. Drei Männer liegen tot auf dem Fußboden eines verschlossenen Büros - keine Anzeichen eines Kampfes...
Science writer Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems - and are still, largely, a mystery.
"International Inaction" by George Packer; "Zip It" by James Surowiecki; "Tall for Its Age" by Richard Preston; "Thin Enough" by Ian Frazier; "Landfill" by Joyce Carol Oates; "Westward Ho!" by Jill Lepore; and "Battle Royal" by Anthony Lane.
There are five articles in this edition: "Follow the Leaders", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "A Death in the Forest", by Richard Preston; "The Checklist", by Atul Gawande; "Found Objects", by Jennifer Egan; and "Conflicting Stories", by Anthony Lane.
"Voting by Numbers", by Jelani Cobb; "The Ebola Wars", by Richard Preston; "The Intensity Gap", by Kelefa Sanneh; "Color Codes", by Dan Chiasson; and "War Is Almost Over", by David Denby.